16 days in Switzerland, France & Italy Itinerary

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Zurich, Switzerland
— 5 nights
Lucerne, Switzerland
— 3 nights
Paris, France
— 3 nights
Venice, Italy
— 4 nights


Zurich, Switzerland — 5 nights

Big Small Town

Explore Zurich's surroundings by going to Stadthaus Winterthur (in Winterthur), Appenzell (Brauerei Locher AG, St Mauritius Church, &more) and Appenzeller Volkskunde-Museum Stein AR (in Stein). There's much more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake Zurich, shop like a local with Bahnhofstrasse, take some stellar pictures from Rhine Falls, and take an in-depth tour of Landesmuseum.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Zurich holiday builder app.

New Delhi, India to Zurich is an approximately 11-hour flight. Traveling from New Delhi to Zurich, you'll gain 4.5 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New Delhi in May, things will get cooler in Zurich: highs are around 21°C and lows about 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Lucerne.
Parks · Museums · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Lucerne, Switzerland — 3 nights

You'll find plenty of places to visit near Lucerne: Interlaken (Parasailing & Paragliding & Harderkulm) and Lake Brienz (in Brienz). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Lake Lucerne, appreciate the history behind Lion Monument, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mt Pilatus, and snap pictures at Chapel Bridge.

To see maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Lucerne online itinerary planner.

Getting from Zurich to Lucerne by car takes about an hour. Other options: drive; or take a train; or take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 21°C in May, and nighttime lows around 10°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to fly to Paris.
Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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Paris, France — 3 nights

City of Light

Paris is known for museums, sightseeing, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: explore the world behind art at Louvre Museum, admire the landmark architecture of Arc de Triomphe, make a trip to Place de la Concorde, and get a taste of the local shopping with Champs-Elysees.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Paris driving holiday planner.

You can fly from Lucerne to Paris in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Venice.
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Venice, Italy — 4 nights

City of Romance

Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Venice: Padua (Basilica of St. Anthony & Scrovegni Chapel). There's still lots to do: contemplate the waterfront views at Canal Grande, explore the galleries of Doge's Palace, take in panoramic vistas at St Mark's Campanile, and snap pictures at Ponte dei Sospiri.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Venice trip planner.

Fly from Paris to Venice in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or drive. Traveling from Paris in May, things will get a bit warmer in Venice: highs are around 26°C and lows about 15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) so you can fly back home.
Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature
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Switzerland travel guide

Bodies of Water · Mountains · Specialty Museums
Immerse yourself in a snow-capped mountain wonderland in Switzerland's serene Alpine setting. See the world-renowned Matterhorn, Switzerland's second-highest mountain at 4,478 m (14,962 ft) tall, or zoom down the mountains on toboggan, ski, or snowboard. In the warmer seasons hike around the rolling green hillsides covered with pine trees and picturesque aqua blue lakes. Luxurious cities dotted with cozy wooden chalets and colorful flowerbeds balance quaintness with first-class cultural offerings. Indulge in the country's opulence of milk chocolate, cheese fondue, and keg-carrying St. Bernard dogs.

France travel guide

France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.

Italy travel guide

Landmarks · Ruins · Beaches
Italy is a land of high fashion, fine art, exquisite architecture, luxury sports cars, outstanding cuisine--and an insatiable taste for "la dolce vita." It's also home to the greatest number of World Heritage Sites in the world, making it an ideal place for your next holiday. The country boasts a varied landscape of mountain ranges, alpine lakes, and coastal towns, so it's no wonder travelers often refer to it as the bel paese (beautiful country). With so many places to visit, visitors often have a difficult time planning their itinerary. The smaller villages each feature a distinct character and a blend of architecture, art, and cuisine. In the country, you'll find countless archeological sites dating back to Roman times and beyond. The country's cities and seaside resorts are cosmopolitan powerhouses with museums, galleries, restaurants, shops, open-air markets, and pedestrian-friendly historic areas.